Europe's Coolest Vintage Races

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England's Silverstone Classic
Give it to the blimey Brits for knowing how to have a great time with old crocks. The Silverstone Classic, held at Great Britain's premier race track is billed as the world's best and biggest classic racing festival. We're talking 1000 drivers including 80-years-young Sir Stirling Moss, 22 races, and 73,000 spectators over three days. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Formula 1 World Championship, over 120 Grand Prix race cars were present. In addition to the 16 classes of open- and closed-wheel competition, there are scintillating side shows galore: a high-end auction, a celebrity race, tumbling aerobatic feats, hot air balloon ascensions, vintage motorcycle runs, drag race demonstrations, live rock and roll concerts, vendor tents, and amusement rides.

But the best show is the car club compound where each marque is represented by a dedicated throng of passionate patrons and some 6000 of their cars. They polish their prizes to a fare-thee-well, present them for inspection, and wait patiently for their one lap of the circuit reward. For the car connoisseur, there is no better means of brushing up on automotive history in an enjoyable setting.

On our busman's holiday, we paid homage to a dozen brands ranging from Abarth to TVR. Only here would you find 17 Acura NSX (labeled Honda NSX in England) two seaters in pristine in-service condition.

The Silverstone Classic is held annually at the end of July. This is one event worthy of an A+ on your automotive destinations priority list.

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